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ALTDORF, capital of the Swiss canton of Uri, 1,516ft. above sea-level, a little above the right bank of the Reuss, not far above the point where this river is joined on the right by the Schachen torrent, 34m. from Lucerne by the St. Gotthard railway and 22M. from Goschenen. Pop. (1930), 4,240, Roman Catholic and Ger man speaking. Its port on the Lake of Lucerne, Fliielen, is 2m. distant. There is a stately parish church, while above the little town is the oldest Capuchin convent in Switzerland Wil liam Tell shot the apple from his son's head, according to tra dition, in the market-place, where in 1895, at the foot of an old tower (with rough frescoes commemorating the feat), there was set up a fine bronze statue (by Richard Kissling of Zurich) of Tell and his son. In a theatre was opened for the per formance of Schiller's play of Wilhelm Tell. The same year a new carriage-road was opened from Altdorf through the Schachen valley and over the Klausen Pass (6,404f t.) to the village of Linththal (3om.) and so to Glarus. Near Altdorf is the village of Biirglen, where by tradition Tell was born; while he is also said to have lost his life, while saving that of a child, in the Schachen torrent. On the left bank of the Reuss, opposite Alt dorf is Attinghausen, where the ruined castle now houses the cantonal museum.

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